Cardinals #2 Starter, Michael Wacha placed on the DL ~ Prospect Alex Reyes Gets The Call

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Top prospect Alex Reyes called up to St. Louis as starter Michael Wacha in placed on the DL.
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St. Louis Cardinals #2 starter, Michael Wacha, struggled through his start against the Cincinnati Reds in their first game last night. He gave up four earned runs, four walks and only had three strikeouts to hand the Reds an early 4-0 lead over St. Louis. In 2014, Wacha suffered a rare injury, scapular stress injury, which kept him out a large portion of the season. Now, no details other than shoulder inflammation. He has faced his own struggles this season, holding a career 3.85 ERA, 2016 thus far he has given up 12 HR/65 ER on 143 hits in his 131.1 innings pitched. He has issued 44 walks and collected 109 SO. There is not time frame as to how long Wacha will be sidelined. He will be evaluated and announcements will be forthcoming. Dependent on how serious Wacha's injury is thought to be, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has a day or so to decide who will fill Wacha's spot in the rotation ~ if necessary.

The Cardinals have called up their top prospect Alex Reyes, who will be placed in the Cardinals bullpen to start his major league debut. Reyes has spent this season with the Memphis Triple-A Redbirds and started 14 games. He is 2-3/4.96 ERA. In his 65.1 IP he has given up 6 HR/36 ER, while issuing 32 walks, along with an impressive 93 SO. It has been discussed that he still had work to do on his control and command. Now, he gets his shot at the Bigs. So we will soon see just how this young hurler does against major leaguers.